UK Justice Minister Dominic Raab defended Tuesday that the restrictions imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic will allow UK citizens to enjoy Christmas.
The British government tightened restrictions in England last week. It ordered the return of teleworking or the compulsory character of vaccination cards for access to certain facilities, measures included in the Boris Johnson administration’s “Plan B”, which it presented in September if the situation changes should worsen.
As Raab has defended in radio statements collected by the British press, “Plan B” will be “enough” for the Christmas season, while he refused to speak of future restrictions on the treatment of the Omicron variant of SARS-CoV-2.
“The fact is, we’re going to spend Christmas with the opportunity to be with our loved ones in ways that were impossible last year,” he said.
The new measures will be debated in parliament this Tuesday, and several Tory MPs are expected to vote against the COVID-19 vaccination certificate in order to gain access to certain facilities.
Johnson confirmed the death of a person infected with the Omicron variant of the coronavirus on Monday and expects a few weeks in which the government itself fears that there will be significantly more infections and more deaths due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Prime Minister on Sunday declared a level 4 emergency for the Omicron variant and announced that all English people over 18 can request a booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine before the end of the year. Level 4 reflects a “high infection rate”.